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Joan Jett, born Joan Marie Larkin on 22 September 1958, in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, is an American rock musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. She is best known as the founding member of the rock band Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and for her influential contributions to the punk and rock genres.
Jett's passion for music began at an early age. She received her first guitar at the age of 14 and quickly fell in love with rock and roll. In the mid-1970s, Jett formed the groundbreaking all-female rock band, The Runaways, along with drummer Sandy West. The band's rebellious sound and attitude challenged gender norms and gained them a dedicated following. Jett played rhythm guitar and provided lead vocals, showcasing her distinctive voice and unapologetic attitude.
After The Runaways disbanded in 1979, Jett embarked on a solo career, forming her own band, the Blackhearts. In 1981, she released her debut album, "Bad Reputation", which included the hit single of the same name. The album solidified Jett's reputation as a fierce rock musician, known for her gritty guitar riffs and empowering lyrics.
In 1982, Jett achieved mainstream success with the release of "I Love Rock 'n Roll", the second album with the Blackhearts. The title track, a cover of the Arrows' song, became an instant classic and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album also spawned other hits like "Crimson and Clover" and "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)". Jett's infectious energy, fierce stage presence, and her signature black leather attire made her an icon of the rock music scene.
Throughout her career, Jett continued to release successful albums, including "Album" (1983), "Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth" (1984), and "Up Your Alley" (1988). She maintained her punk-rock edge while experimenting with different sounds and collaborations. Her music often conveyed messages of empowerment, individuality, and rebellion, resonating with fans of all ages.
In addition to her musical achievements, Jett was a trailblazer for women in the music industry, defying stereotypes and paving the way for future female rock musicians. She faced numerous challenges and rejections but remained determined and persevered, ultimately leaving a lasting impact on the industry.
Jett's influence extends beyond her own music. She has collaborated with various artists, including her role in the hit duet "I Hate Myself for Loving You" with fellow rock icon, Lita Ford. Jett has also been involved in humanitarian and animal rights causes, advocating for equality and compassion.
In recognition of her contributions, Joan Jett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. She continues to tour and record new music, remaining an active and influential figure in the rock music scene. Joan Jett's enduring legacy lies not only in her iconic songs but also in her fearless spirit, determination, and her unwavering commitment to rock and roll.